*Yea, sad I know...but its the way God intended*
08.11.2010 18 °C
Being in Finland was super awesome. I grew up a lot when there. Its funny when you come back and people think you are still the same....yet you feel that growth in yourself and cant explain it. Well, in time I guess they will see that my knowledge base and personality has been enhanced positively
When I 1st got to Finland it was early August and Kuopio was vacant...NO ONE! shoo that was a terrible time for Sipho and I! We would walk in town and barely see anyone interesting....just mostly old people and uninterested young people. The trip to Lappenranta was great but did not really improve the situation much. The accommodation was depressing, even for Bennett! September brought some sunshine; orientation brought a stream of students in from all over and it got richer and richer in Kuopio.The international office had crazy awesome ideas for fun and we mingled with other international students. Slowly my pain of being away from home got better.....
The most challenging thing about being in Finland was trying to make peace with how much I missed my fiancée; Monty. It was terrible at times. We Skyped of course, but at times it made things worse...especially when we had to hit that "Hang up" button . We had our challenges of sulking and misunderstandings due to the loneliness, but I appreciate that through the Lord we proved that we are stronger than 3 months apart. Not easily broken
As the month of October dragged on, the school work increased in load. It was fun, yet tedious most of the times. I had to learn things within short periods, I had to read loads of articles, I had to write essays...and yet I was supposed to be there to write my thesis. I have to be honest and admit that I did not complete the write-ups as planned, but I dont regret it because what I learnt there is more than what I could have learnt if I was hibernating somewhere and just writing my thesis.
Leaving Finland was a mixture of and ...I was super excited to be going back to Monty, and sad to be leaving my friends. The looks on their faces will forever haunt me. My flatmantes Allard Korevaar & Vladmir Maskov I miss. I am also grateful for my friends Prince Dadson, Lucie Mikesková,Mária Králiková, Maria Radova,my tutor Ville Waarna,Paulina Dziubak,Hana Chlubnova, Daniela Číhalová, Katharina Liepe to mention a few. This list does not mean I dont appreaciate other people I came across with while in Finland, these friends here I always hang out with hence I know them better than most of the international students there. I appreciate all of them awesome people
It has been great, and I would do it all over again (provided Monty is with me the next time! lol).....Thank you God...and thanks to Prof Mikko Korpela & Dr Retha de la Harpe for making all of this possible.